Most Anticipated Titles of 2020

Even though I have been in a bit of a book slump lately, I am still anticipating novels from my favourite authors in the coming year. Hopefully at that point I will not feel so burnt out, but even so, I am a sucker for a good series so I know that those titles will suck me in!

So, in no particular order, here are the books I am most excited for in the coming year!

1 – Vendetta Road by Christine Feehan: expected publication January 28, 2020.

(Torpedo Ink Series #3)

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Isaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him mdash; and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.

High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman…

2. Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly: expected publication January 7, 2020.

(Camorra Chronicles #5)

Savio Falcone has a few non-negotiable rules when it comes to girls.
They need to be hot as f*ck. Spread their legs without much prompting. And leave as soon as the fun is over. Preferably minus any bitching or tears. With his easy-going bad boy attitude, a last name that rules over Las Vegas and a body to die for, girls have always been at Savio’s disposal.

Unfortunately, the hottest girl in Vegas comes with a price Savio isn’t willing to pay. For Savio to get Gemma he’d need to seal the deal and put a ring on her finger. Settling down is out of the question, no matter how hot a piece of ass waits at the altar.

Gemma Bazzoli has had a crush on Savio from the first moment she came face to face with his arrogant smile, but for him she was always his best friend’s annoying little sister—until her hard-earned curves catch even his attention.

But Savio likes it easy, and Gemma is anything but. When she’s promised to another man, Gemma resigns herself to the fact that the man she’s wanted all her life, doesn’t want her badly enough.

Savio has to decide how much work he’s willing to invest, because bending the rules in his usual style might not be enough to get the girl that haunts his wet dreams.

3. Shadow Flight by Christine Feehan: expected publication May 5, 2020.

(Shadow Riders #5)

Nicoletta Gomez was a terrified teenager when Taviano Ferraro and his brother saved her life. Ever since, she’s been trying to rise above what was done to her, molding herself into a survivor under the protective eyes of the Ferraro family. All the while, she’s been falling hopelessly in love with the man who knows her darkest secrets….

With one look, Taviano knew that Nicoletta was his, just as he felt their shadows connect. But no matter how much he wanted to claim her, he knew she needed time to become her own woman. But when Nicoletta once again finds herself in the sights of dangerous men, a split second decision has Taviano breaking all of the Ferraro family’s rules to keep her safe. And as far as he’s concerned, the reward is more than worth the risk.

4. Bound by the Past by Cora Reilly: expected publication spring 2020.

(Bound in Blood Mafia Chronicles #7)

A new novel featuring Dante and Valentina. More details to be announced closer to publication.

5. Titan’s Addiction by Anna Zaires: expected publication February 5, 2020.

(Wall Street Titan #2)

One determined billionaire. One wary cat lady. One queen-sized bed.

Let the games begin.

6. Leopard’s Rage by Christine Feehan: expected publication November 3, 2020.

(Leopard People #12)

7. Desolation Road by Christine Feehan: expected publication June 30, 2020.

(Torpedo Ink Series #4)

DesolationTorpedo Ink is Aleksei “Absinthe” Solokov’s whole life. They’re his brothers, his family—his everything. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting something that only belongs to him. That’s why the tough biker has spent the last six weeks at the library, reading every book he can get his hands on and watching the prim and proper librarian who makes his blood rush.

For the past six weeks, Scarlet Foley has been fantasizing about the handsome, tattooed man whose eyes follow her every move. She senses he’s dangerous. She wants him to get close enough to touch. She wishes she could let him know the real woman, not the one she pretends to be. But Scarlet has a plan to carry out, and she can’t afford any distractions.

Absinthe is well aware that Scarlet is hiding something. She’s a puzzle he intends to solve, piece by intoxicating piece.

8. Love Without Borders by Angela Braniff: expected publication April 28, 2020.

angieFrom the founder of This Gathered Nest YouTube channel, an uplifting story of Angela Braniff’s unusual path to becoming the mother to seven children through various methods of adoption and biological approaches, encouraging women and mothers to embrace the unique purpose that God has put in their lives.

Angela’s love for life and her family radiates through everything she does. The Braniff household includes their two biological daughters, Kennedy, 12, and Shelby 10; Rosie, 7, who was adopted from China with Down syndrome; Noah, 7, adopted from Congo; Jonah 5, adopted domestically; and finally, Ivy and Amelia, their one year old twins who were adopted as embryos, and implanted in Angela, who gave birth to them. In fact, after the book was finished, they joyfully welcomed a new baby into their home, Benjamin, through adoption, making them now a family of ten!

Love Without Borders shares Angela’s relatable, humorous, and honest view of motherhood. Angela chronicles her journey to discover God’s purpose for her life. For years she walked the safe, expected path, until one day she could feel God calling her to boldly step out and follow him into new places, which led her to raise a large, non-traditional family that looked different than she ever imagined.

It was a winding path to motherhood, complete with heartbreak from failed adoptions, challenging pregnancies, and secondary infertility, but through it all Angela found the unique adventure God had for her. She has shared her family’s stories on her popular YouTube channel, This Gathered Nest, and now invites us in to go deeper and listen to where God might be calling us to go and who we’ve been tasked with loving, no matter how unusual (or just plain crazy) it may sound! The beauty of God’s plan is he uses imperfect people to bring about perfectly beautiful stories.

9. Darker Than Love by Anna Zaires and Charmaine Pauls: expected publication January 28, 2020.

48559380._SY475_Once upon a cold, dark night, a Russian killer stole me from an alley.
I’m dangerous, but he is lethal.
I escaped once.
He won’t let me do it twice.

The revenge is his.
The betrayal is mine.
But so are the lies to protect the ones I love.

We’re cut from the same twisted cloth. Both merciless. Both damaged.
In his embrace, I find hell and heaven, his cruelly tender touch destroying and uplifting me at once.

They say a cat has nine lives, but an assassin has just one.
And Yan Ivanov now owns mine.

10. Lethal Game by Christine Feehan: expected publication March 3, 2020.

(Ghostwalkers #16)

lethalWhen Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force–a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless…until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive.

Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai’s rough exterior, but he can tell there’s something she’s hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker–albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn’t think their crossing paths is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running.

When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won’t be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too.

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2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge

You can read all about the Popsugar reading challenge here or head straight to the printable version here.

I started the Popsugar challenge last year, and personally, I prefer it to the Read Harder Challenge. The categories are more mainstream and tend to lend themselves to easier reads. I’m all for branching out of your comfort zone, but I don’t want my reading to feel like work either.

I am excited to take on this challenge. I’m looking forward to recording my books and trying to check off each part of the challenge.

Happy Reading!

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Read Harder Challenge 2019

2019 marks the 5th year of the Read Harder Challenge piloted by Book Riot. This challenge encourages readers to read outside of their bubble, exploring new genres, voices and points of view.

There are 24 challenges, creating the expectation that participants will read approximately one book every two weeks.

Many of the categories are chosen as a direct result – and rebuttal – of American politics.

You can download a PDF copy from their website.

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I have participated in this challenge for the last three years, but I am not planning to this year.

Are you going to take the challenge?

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Get to Know me Tag

You see these 20 things about me lists on social media all the time and I thought it might be fun to do something like that on here. So here are 20 random facts about the author of this blog…

  1. If I could wish for any superpower, it would be the ability to breathe underwater (while still being able to breathe above as well!)
  2. I am the youngest of three girls
  3. I plan to homeschool my children, at least through their elementary years
  4. I have a ginger cat named Meow Meow. He has a temper.
  5. I work in a public library – branch life for me!
  6. I have tattoos
  7. I am pretty old-fashioned I guess?
  8. I am almost always early to work and usually late to everything else
  9. Other than libraries, I have worked as a server, a nanny, a cashier, a groundskeeper and for an engineering company
  10. My favourite season is Autumn, spring is second.
  11. The most difficult thing I have ever achieved is my undergraduate degree. I had to work through financial issues, the breakdown on my family and emotional disorders. I eventually completed it online, part-time. It took me 9 years but I persevered and earned that degree!
  12. I constantly dream about home renovation and what I would do if I won big in the lottery (which I don’t play…)
  13. The places I am most excited to travel to are NewFoundland, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand
  14. My next trip will be to Mexico in 2019 for my best friend’s wedding
  15. I want to have a larger family, at least 4 kids
  16. I cannot leave the house without some form of payment card, lipgloss/lipchap, my phone, and keys
  17. I have had two near death experiences
  18. I do not drink coffee or tea
  19. I prefer Youtube to TV. Currently, I mostly watch this gathered nest, this gathered schoolhouse, this is how we bingham, jesssfam, and joyful chaos
  20. I prefer to sleep with my closet doors shut and my room tidy, but leaving them open wouldn’t prevent me falling asleep either.

Bonus: I am a leader with Girl Guides of Canada and I actually maintain another blog about that aspect of my life. If you are interested, you can follow me here.

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2018 Midyear Update … what am I reading?

We have officially reached the halfway point for 2018. Have you gotten to the halfway point on your reading challenge?

I set a personal goal of reading 52 books this year, which I think is the same as last year’s goal. I have currently finished 30, which puts me 4 books ahead of schedule 🙂

I am actively reading three books right now: A Higher Loyalty by James Comey, which I am about 90% finished. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, which I am about 25% finished. And I am re-reading Judgement Road by Christine Feehan for about the fifth time.

I am also working on both the Popsugar and Book Riot 2018 Reading Challenges. Here is my progress so far this year…

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I will never finish all the categories before the end of the year, but I am enjoying the journey and that is all that counts!

What are you reading these days?

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

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I will be back to my regularly scheduled posts on Thursday. I hope everyone has had a great weekend, whether you were celebrating something or not. Today I will have my entire family over for a meal so I am busy scrubbing and cooking, and very thankful I took some holidays for an extra long weekend!

Reading Challenge 2018

Well, we are three months gone in 2018 and I thought I would write a quick post updating on my adventure in the 2018 Reading Challenge!

I am working on both the Popsugar and Book Riot’s challenges and have definitely made more headway into the former as this point, but it is also a much longer list. I set a goal on Goodreads to read 52 books this year, which is two more than my goal for last year.

Thankfully I am staying a few books ahead of schedule right now, after a strong start in January and listening to audiobooks while I commute and perform some household chores is helping me to keep caught up.

I am lucky to be surrounded by so many avid readers, such as my co-workers, close friends and Mum.

Here are three snapshots of my progress to this point:

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Are you doing a reading challenge this year? What list are you working on and how are you doing?

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2018 Reading Challenges

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Building on my post from yesterday, I wanted to take a moment to share the Book Riot and Popsugar Reading Challenges for 2018. You can click these links to access the editable/printable PDFs from their websites: Book Riot , PopSugar , and PopSugar Advanced.

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Personally I love doing these challenges. I don’t take them too seriously and I have never completely finished one but I think it is a fun way to push yourself to keep reading throughout the year and expand your horizons by trying books in new genres.

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I have noticed that my reading has expanded through these challenges and there are a few categories of books that I love to read now that I probably would have never tried otherwise.

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I hope you will join in me in at least one of these challenges this year.

Happy reading everyone!

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Reflecting on 2017’s Reading Challenges

This year I participated in the Book Riot and Pop Sugar Reading Challenges, as I did last year. I don’t take these challenges too seriously, but they are a fun way to track my reading and to push myself to read different books than I would normally gravitate to.

Here are my results from the last twelve months!

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Read Harder Challenge (Book Riot)

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Clearly, I didn’t finish every category but that’s ok. You are technically allowed to use the same book in multiple categories but I chose not to … it felt like that defeated the purpose of the lists, which was to get me reading outside my normal niches.

Looking forward to starting the next year’s challenges tomorrow 🙂

Happy New Year Everyone!

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